“I am walking across the planet,” says Paul Salopek, National Geographic Fellow.
“For more than two years, I have hopscotched over searing lava fields. I have crabbed sideways through alleys in vast migrant slums. I have traversed sun-hammered deserts and scaled peaks in blinding snow. I have swaggered down fashionable boulevards.
“What has all this plodding taught me?”
You’re probably wondering the same thing.
The Story So Far
A Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, Paul is 4,000 miles into his 21,000-mile, seven-year journey retracing the pathways of humanity’s migration out of Africa and around the globe—on foot, as our ancestors traveled, all chronicled at outofedenwalk.com.
Along the way, moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, he’s using every form of written communication from 140-character tweets to 4,300-word National Geographic articles as he engages with the major stories of our time—from the science of human origins to war in the West Bank, from the use of drones to protect our cultural heritage to gauging the startling impact of cars on the human psyche.
He has also mingled with thousands of other humans, some living contentedly on the same land where they were born, others on desperate treks for work or survival, far from the places they have called home. Even in such dire situations, Paul has been struck by the kindness of the world’s homeless and dispossessed.
Now, wherever your own feet may be planted, you can join Paul in conversation and explore his experiences, and find out what’s to come for the Out of Eden Walk.
The Next Steps
While Paul is in the Caucasus for the summer, reporting and preparing for the next leg of the journey, the small team behind the “Out of Eden Walk” nonprofit is working to expand the reach of the project through a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter that launched July 13.
With your support, Paul and the team will launch new university workshops on “slow journalism” and offer free digital mapping courses to the public. They also plan to expand the translation of Paul’s dispatches to reach an even wider audience. After all, humanity’s walk out of Africa is a journey that belongs to all of us.